Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

Check out Australia Zoo’s Laughing Kookaburra!

Don’t miss the laughing larrikins that call Australia Zoo home. For your chance to get up close and personal with our laughing kookaburras, keep your eyes peeled for our Wandering Wildlife Team, or check out our Birds Show LIVE! as these impressive birds of prey take to the sky!

 

Laughing Kookaburra perched in a tree looking out.

 

These Aussie icons are the largest members of the kingfisher family! They are found throughout eastern Australia and a small pocket in the southern parts of Western Australia.

 

The laughing kookaburra is often heard before it’s seen as they have a very distinct and well-known call. They produce a deep belly laugh and cackle that is audible over great distances. This call is a territorial vocalisation used to warn other birds to stay away!

 

Cropped in view of Laughing Kookaburra to show fluffy head feathers.

 

Laughing kookaburras are carnivorous, they will use their keen eyesight and large, powerful beaks to ambush their unsuspecting prey from above. On the menu for these true-blue Aussies are small reptiles, mammals, frogs, worms and insects.

 

Three Laughing Kookaburras perched on tree branches.

 

Laughing kookaburras are well adapted to life in suburbia, but often fall victim to road trauma and cat attacks. To help keep them safe be sure to keep your pet indoors at night.  You little ripper!

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Dacelo

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    novaeguineae

  • height of animal icon
    Size

    40 - 45 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    330 - 350 grams

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Gestation

    24 days